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Losing Polio

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A girl receives polio vaccination drops from a medical volunteer during an immunisation drive in Amritsar on April 15, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl receives polio vaccination drops from a medical volunteer during an immunisation drive in Amritsar on April 15, 2012. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, a Pakistani doctor was sentenced by his government to three decades in prison for actions that helped the United States kill Osama bin Laden. Meanwhile, in far-off Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a state of emergency in its decades-long battle to eradicate polio. That these two events are intimately connected speaks volumes about new challenges -- political ones -- that threaten to undermine extraordinary global health achievements.

Read the whole story at Foreign Policy